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Soldier surprises family for the holidays

December 14, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
An Iowa family had one thing on their Christmas list: Their dad home safe from Afghanistan. That's exactly what Santa delivered. Sgt. Raymond Ropa, from Cedar Rapids, got a couple of weeks of leave just in time for Christmas.

He, along with a family friend and Santa Claus, snuck up on the family while they were winding down for the evening.

Ropa will spend 15 days with his wife and children before heading back to Afghanistan.